Best Modern Warfare 2 graphics settings

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Modern Warfare 2 Shadow Company soldier
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November 18, 2022: Modern Warfare 2 season 1 is now underway. Scroll down for all the intel on the best graphics settings to ensure the game runs smoothly.

Using the best Modern Warfare 2 graphics settings can make all the difference if you're looking for the most realistic version of the game. PC players have access to a variety of settings that allow seamless high-definition gameplay for systems capable of running the game with high settings. Even if you don't have a high-end PC, you can fine-tune the options so the game runs as smoothly as possible.

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Infinity Ward's sequel to 2019's Modern Warfare sees players reunite with Task Force 141 and introduced to plenty of fresh faces as they attempt to prevent another worldwide catastrophe.

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Elsewhere, check out our guides highlighting the best Modern Warfare 2 guns and all there is to know about the Modern Warfare 2 campaign rewards available to earn by completing the single-player.

What are the best Modern Warfare 2 graphics settings?

With so many settings and options to choose from, finding the perfect combination can take plenty of time. Thankfully, we've done all the hard work and found settings that guarantee great performance throughout the campaign and in multiplayer.

Display

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen Borderless or Fullscreen Exclusive
  • Constrain Mouse to Game Window: Off
  • Display Monitor: Your Monitor
  • Display Adapter: Your GPU
    • We ran this on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
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  • Screen Refresh Rate: Monitor Default
  • Display Resolution: Monitor Default
    • 1980*1020
  • Dynamic Resolution: Off
  • Aspect Ratio: Wide 16:9
  • V-Sync (Gameplay): Off
  • V-Sync (Menus): Off
  • Custom Framerate Limit: Unlimited
    • We recommend a custom frame rate using the following values: Gameplay 300, Menu 120, and Out of Focus 30
  • Restart Shaders Optimisation: Use settings to delete Cache Shaders, and reoptimize all Shaders
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 SRGB
    • 2.4 (BT1886) for TV
  • Brightness: 55
  • Focused Mode: OFF
  • HDR: OFF
    • Select Automatic to set your Operating System's settings
Modern Warfare 2 player aiming gun and carrying bag of cash
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Quality

  • Quality Presets: Custom
  • Render Resolution: 100%
    • Or 200% if your GPU can take the load
  • Upscaling/Sharpening: NVIDIA Image Scaling or FidelityFX Cas
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  • NVIDIA Image Scaling set to Quality
  • FidelityFX Cas set at 60%
  • Anti-Aliasing: Filmic SMAA T2X
  • Anti-Aliasing Quality: Ultra Quality
  • Video Memory Scale: 90
  • Texture Resolution: High
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: High
  • Distant Level of Detail: High
  • Nearby Level of Detail: High
  • Clutter Draw Distance: Long
  • Particle Quality: High
  • Particle Quality Level: High
  • Bullet Impacts and Sprays: On
  • Shader Quality: High
  • Tessellation: All
  • Terrain Memory: Max
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off
  • Streaming Quality: Normal
  • Shadow Map Resolution: Ultra
  • Screen Space Shadows: High
  • Spot Shadow Quality: High
  • Cache Spot Shadows: On
  • Spot Cache: Ultra
  • Cache Sun Shadows: On
  • Particle Lighting: Ultra
  • Ambient Occlusion: Both
  • Space Screen Reflection: High
  • Weather Grid Volumes: On
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: On + Boost
  • Depth of Field: On
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  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Film Grain: 0.25

For the best-looking version of Modern Warfare 2, setting everything to high is ideal but if your system can't handle it, lower them to medium for a boost in performance.

Additionally, we recommend switching motion blur off for a crystal-clear view of the surrounding area.

View

  • Field of View: 90 to 100 (personal preference)
  • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Weapon Field of View: Default
  • Vehicle Field of View: Default
  • 1st Person Camera: Default
  • 3rd Person Camera: Default

Selecting your favourite field of view (FOV) makes all the difference in Modern Warfare 2. Having the ability to view more of what's happening makes spotting enemies much easier but if you adjust it too much, the graphics are affected. A FOV between 90 and 100 will work perfectly.

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There you have it. These are the very best Modern Warfare 2 graphics settings to use in the campaign, co-op, and multiplayer. For more, take a look at our guide showcasing the best Modern Warfare 2 SMG.